On Monday, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) made a claim asserting that the Earth recently witnessed its hottest day in 120,000 years, prompting her call for an immediate “national climate emergency.” In a tweet, Omar stated, “The earth just broke the record for the hottest day in 120,000 years. In fact, we broke in on three separate days.”
However, it is important to note that the first reliable thermometer was not invented until 1714 by Daniel Fahrenheit, and it was not until the 19th century that weather records began to be consistently maintained. Moreover, global weather data collection only became possible in the 20th century, making it impossible to accurately measure worldwide weather trends prior to that time.
More from NASA:
Three of the world’s most complete temperature tracking records – from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climactic Data Center and the UK Meteorological Office’s Hadley Centre – begin in 1880. Prior to 1880, temperature measurements were made with instruments like thermometers.
The oldest continuous temperature record is the Central England Temperature Data Series, which began in 1659, and the Hadley Centre has some measurements beginning in 1850, but there are too few data before 1880 for scientists to estimate average temperatures for the entire planet.
The earth just broke the record for the hottest day in 120,000 years. In fact, we broke in on three separate days.
National climate emergency now.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 17, 2023
Omar’s claim appears to have originated from the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer and a climate-focused essay by WFLA-TV meteorologist Jeff Berardelli, both known for their alarmist stance on climate change.
It is worth noting that while certain regions in the Northern Hemisphere are currently experiencing a hot summer, as expected, many locations in the Southern Hemisphere are going through a cold winter. For instance, Johannesburg recently saw its first snowfall in over a decade, and Australia experienced unusually cold weather last month. However, there seems to be a lack of attention given to these cold weather occurrences in climate alarmist discussions.
Apart from the questionable claims made about hot weather records, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) pointed out a more significant concern with Omar’s tweet: her call for a “national climate emergency,” which, according to Lee, is interpreted by conservatives as a push for increased government control.